Good Uses Of Your Free Time

If we do not give generously of our time to the Lord, we don*t give Him what He wants the most and we limit His opportunities to bless us. There are many times each day when we are between tasks, waiting for someone or inactive for some other reason. I suggest that praying, meditating on God Himself and on His Word would be very profitable.

Psalms 46:10a: Be still, and know that I am God: . . .

Psalms 63:5: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Joshua 1:8: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

1 Timothy 4:13-15: Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Diligence by Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

2 Peter 1:5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Select a large box and place in it as many cannon balls as it will hold; it is after a fashion full but it will hold more. . . . Bring a quantity of marbles; very many of these may be packed in the spaces between the larger globes. The box is but full only in a sense, for it can contain more. There are interstices in abundance into which you may shake a considerable quantity of small shot. Now, you say, the chest is filled beyond all question; but wait. . . . there is still more. While you cannot put in another shot or marble, much less another cannon ball, you will find several pounds of sand will slide down between the larger materials. . . .

When there is no space for the great, there may be room for the little; where the little cannot enter, the less can make its way; and where the less is shut out, the least of all may find ample room.

Now the diligent church worker may not be able to give talks or teach more lessons. Still there must be stray moments which might hold a vast amount of little usefulness. What a wealth of minor good, as we may think it to be, might be shaken down into the interstices of ten years work, which might prove to be as precious in result as the greater works of the same period.

The article Diligence appeared in the book Devotions & Prayers of Charles H. Spurgeon Copyright 1982. Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2768 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 957-3110. Used by permission. You could copy and paste this in your URL to contact them: www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.

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